The City of Houston announced Nov. 4 that it has begun a relief program for musicians and music venues that have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Musicians will be eligible for up to $5,000 in relief funding, and music venues will be eligible for up to $50,000 or $100,000 – depending on budget size – under the “Musicians and Music Venues Economic Relief” program, according to a news release from the city.
The program, funded by $3 million of the city’s allocated funds from the federal CARES Act, could benefit local music venues such as the Heights Theater and White Oak Music Hall that have been forced to close or postpone events due to the pandemic.
“Music venues, and iconic performance spaces are a big part of our city and an important segment of Houston’s cultural life,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “They were delivering great live music before the pandemic, and we want them to be able to do that again, as soon as they can, and by being safe.”
In order to qualify for the program, applicants must:
– Be a live music venue whose principal place of business, or a musician whose residence is located within city limits.
– Provide evidence of how business revenue has significantly decreased because of government restrictions or other challenges due to COVID-19.
– Must be in good standing with city requirements (property taxes, personal property, etc.).
Applications must be completed online at houstoncaresaboutmusic.org by 5 p.m. Nov. 25 in order to be considered for assistance, which will be distributed by the nonprofit arts organization Mid-America Arts Alliance (MAAA). For more information, contact MAAA’s Christine Bial at email@example.com.